9 to 5 vs hours of sleep

I graduated from college last semester and I remember being able to sleep as little as 6 hours without many issues. Now I can barely sleep for 8 without feeling tired. Has this happened to anyone else? I find it weird because I was definitely a lot busier when I was in college than I am now. And I work from home so I feel like I shouldn't be as tired. I don't usually work overtime so I'm basically free after I sign out. Is my body just no longer used to the little amount of sleep I got in college?

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Sep 10, 2021 - 11:49pm

Yeah but it's pretty much impossible to diagnose from that alone because it's a common symptom for literally the majority of diseases/disorders. You'd have to see some other more unique symptoms or you most likely wouldn't be able to catch it unless it was super obvious

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Sep 11, 2021 - 12:10am

Did u ever sleep in a couples days per week? It's been proven that you can, to a good extend, catch up on sleep. It's possible your body is adjusting to the consistency of your sleep schedule, and you're suffering through the changes. You'll certainly adjust, as the above commenter noted, but it's possible you're having more active days with a similar yet out-of-wack sleep schedule, thus causing you to be tired. I used to get tired AS FUCK after lunch but it's gotten to the point where I don't have really any crashes at all. 

Sep 11, 2021 - 9:45pm

That may be true. Since Monday to Friday I'm usually just on my computer completing tasks and signing it to meetings. Weekends I'm more active since I save them for necessities (i.e., grocery shopping, laundry, running errands, cleaning), and on the weekdays after work I just try to relax. Maybe I can try to be a little bit more active on the weekdays after work or just wait until my body gets used to my current routine. If things don't get better overtime I'll go for a different option. I just hope it's doesn't turn into a medical concern

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Sep 11, 2021 - 9:40am

That's super interesting. The exact same thing happened to me. I think age may actually have to do with it. When I was in high school, I did 4-5 hours no problem regularly with only one catch up day per week. This basically continued through all of college for me, and through the my Sophomore and Junior summers in IB

Working in LO AM, I have a pretty 9-5 job and now get 8 hours regularly, but less than that I get really tired. 

I think, for me at least, it's a combination of not being in a rhythm of getting little sleep, and, frankly, not being stressed out (or adrenalized) enough by my current lifestyle to keep me awake for that many hours a day. It might also have to do with age, since with increased age metabolism and other measures of energy decrease, but that's a guess. 

I'm not sure what it could be in your case though. I think consulting a doctor certainly wouldn't hurt and might give you some insight on your current sleep patterns. 

Sep 11, 2021 - 10:39pm

Yeah I hope it's just that my body is no longer to used to all of the adrenaline. If I don't get used to it soon, then maybe I'll consult with a doctor but I hope it doesn't get to that. I'll see what happens. When I first started working I didn't have a lot of problems since I was kind of excited to start working. Now when it got old, it no longer became an excitement. Again, I'll see how it goes and determine if this may require more attention

Sep 12, 2021 - 7:05am

It just means that you have recalibrated your body to 6 hour of sleep in college. Human bodies are quite fascinating and acts in calibrations and habits. You can even practice not eating or drinking for a day and it will be fine (elite Egyptian spec ops practices this). Some people have even calibrated themselves to sleep in chunks throughout the day (Mozart or someone and some I believe) Mozart even have meals that is opposite to his timezone (breakfast at night and dinner at day or snacking at late night). For me I practice sleeping 8 hours if I can and avoid crashing when I get home since it will fuck up/recalibrate your sleep schedule and you will need to stay up a whole day to accumulate this tonin chemical to recalibrate. I eat normal meals with late lunch at 12:40. And I do exercise before going to bed to really tire me out and energised in the morning.

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